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Dead Sea dying


I brought my camera into the Dead Sea and held it is close to the surface as possible to take this wide angle picture. This water doesn't really splash, so I took the camera into the water, while I was floating around and took some pictures. Getting back on dry land, the camera was still dry.


I understand the Dead Sea has much less inflow of fresh water, than the rate of evaporation. This causes shrinking of the Dead Sea. The upstream utilisation of water for domestic and agricultural purposes is just too much. For the same reason, the river Jordan is smaller and the sea of Galilee is also smaller, but the Dea Sea shrinks fast at a meter per year. Here at Ein Bokek, where we were, someone made a plan.

Few tourists are aware of the resort’s secret: the shallow water in front of the hotels isn’t the Dead Sea, which dried up here in the 1980s. It is a reservoir maintained by Dead Sea Works, an Israeli company that pumps water from the northern to the southern part of the lake, where it is evaporated to extract minerals such as potash and bromide—a process hastening the sea’s demise. We actually swam in an artificial lake, with the same water as what remains in the Dead Sea.


At the back and more to the right, you can see mountains that are in the country of Jordania. On the "horizon" of the water. from left to right, you can see a light coloured line of earth. That is actually the dam wall of the artificial lake.


Enjoy your weekend.



comments (13)

Cela doit être drôle de se laisser porter par la Mer Morte.
Louis: À Ein Gedi sur la Mer Morte, d'un chariot sur rails emmener le visiteur à l'eau.
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 5 Aug 2016, 05:55
Nice result from your excursion into the salty lake, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray. The swim was fitful.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Aug 2016, 06:50
Love the image Louis. Let us all hope the Dead Sea survives in view of its properties and fame
Louis: Thanks Chris. One can only hope that things will improve. Desalination and purification must be stepped up enormously, to replace the north/south tract of the Jordan as the country's main water supply.
I'd call it a marvel, Louis...all of it.
Louis: The qualities of the water is a marvel, but the decline of the Dead Sea is a tragedy, since it also means that Israel and the West Bank's natural water supply is declining and they will have to increase desalination and purification capacities.
That is a worry to think of this lake diminishing Louis but I love the picture.
Louis: Thank you gutteridge. The Israeli's should worry. Their natural water supply is too dependent on the north-south flow in the Jordan valley.
Another legacy that our future generations will only be able to read about
Louis: If it comes to that, it will be sad. It will be a disaster as well. It will mean that Israel is using up the natural fresh water supply.
What a trick. Glad the trip in was okay for the camera.
Louis: There was no real danger to the camera, Mary. This is water as you can't imagine it, until you have experienced it.
Great viewpoint Louis, and again an interesting narrative.
Louis: Thank you Brian. So many interesting things in that country and I haven't seen half of it.
very apt title, Louis. still there is beauty in this image.
Louis: Thank you Ayush, fortunately still some beauty
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Aug 2016, 19:35
Totally weird! The low viewpoint accentuates the impression that they are on gel not water.
Louis: It is funny in a weird way. Before I was there, I heard the stories, but being there and having to manoeuver myself in the water, is very different from the farm dam.
Great shot, Louis!
Louis: Thank you Tom.
the Dead Sea is dying Louis and it is a shame...
it sound worse than California and its constant fires due to drought....petersmile
Louis: I have read somewhere that the drought in CA reduced the world production of almonds, by a huge percentage. This impact (for instance) around the world in countries like the Netherlands and Hungary, where marzipan is almost part of the national diet. Marzipan experiences big price increases and so does the fancy baking that uses marzipan.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands... just below sealevel.
  • 7 Aug 2016, 08:30
Fabulous picture and a likey to me... what a way to float smile
Louis: Thank you Astrid, you make me happy.

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